Lusaka, Zambia — 13 July 2012 – A Chinese company is planning to invest US$100 million in a Zambian mining project that will produce 600t of copper cathodes a year, according to a Zambian government agency.

Reuters reports that the Zambian environmental management agency, which has to approve all major infrastructure projects in Africa’s biggest copper producer, has confirmed that China Copper Mines Limited has applied to build a copper leach plant.

“Key production processes will include crushing, screening, heap-leaching, solvent extraction and electro-winning of mineral resource,” it said in a statement.

It added that China Copper Mines would exploit five mineral waste dumps created by mining operations at the high-grade Fitula open pit, more than 400km north-west of Lusaka. (Reporting

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